Maybe I should start by asking, which dogs DON'T get along well with cats? I'm interested in adopting a dog soon but I'm uncertain which dogs won't work with my young cat. He loves to play! I'm thinking that a cocker spaniel would work. I used to own one when I was a boy and all he did was want to play every minute while he was awake so I'm thinking it's a good match for the cat. I'm mostly interested in adopting a dog no bigger than a cocker spaniel size. What do you all think?
Truthfully,it doesn't depend in the breed,it depends on the very dog itself. If you get a puppy,then it would learn to like your cat,I am sure. We got our poodle puppy,Happy, at the same time as our Black and white Tuxedo Kitten,Sophie. They are the very best of friends. Good Luck! Chelsea
Please don't be rude to me because I know that a lot of you can get really worked up about things because you are so passionate about what you love.Be patient with me :) thanks, Chelsea
Actually, the breed has quite a lot to do with it. Some breeds just have a natural tendency to chase small, quick animals!
Your best bet, if you are adopting from a shelter, would be to adopt an adult dog that is already known to get along with cats. If you plan on a pup, it's a bit easier, but from what you've said-not sure you would have the time to train a puppy?
I believe catlover is right. I think the breed has a lot to do with it. There are some dogs that think of cats as game prey. I think Beagles are cute but they bark and cry too much and my neighbors would be extremely annoyed and I don't blame them. I can't get a dog any younger than 6 months old. I don't know how long a dog is consider a puppy until it's an adult.
Good question. And I think that, also, depends on the breed. I know cats aren't full grown until 15 months old. They may "fill out" more, but they have normally reached their adult size.
My dogs are good with cats, but...I got each of mine as a puppy. They are hunting dogs, but they are pointers-they don't chase their "prey".
That being said-my dogs are great with the cats that are in the house. But if they see a cat outside, it's a whole different story! If a cat outside stands its ground, the dogs are fine-they will just walk by. But if the cat runs-the dogs will normally take off after it. They would never hurt the cat. For example, if the cat stops running and turns to face Maggie-she stops short and looks at me, kind of like, "ok...what do I do now?!!!"
I hope your cat isn't declawed? I have also found that one scratch to the nose when the dog gets too close for comfort is usually enough to deter them!
If you are planning on getting a dog 6 months old or more it is important to have it temperament tested to find out whether it has a strong prey drive , this more than individual breed has more to do with if a dog will be good with cats or other small animals.
I have 5 Siberian Huskies and have 6 cats. They get along well. We got our Huskies has puppies - except for one of them. Once in awhile they will chase them in the house but not too often. Siberian Huskies have a strong prey drive and will kill any small animal but they were brought up with cats as very young puppies. I am sure if one of the cats were in the backyard with them or a stray cat was then that would be a different story but in the house I have no problems with them.
Also wanted to point out, that if you get a dog bred to herd, you will need to train it that cats are not herdable entities. If you get a puppy, it should be easier to raise it to not chase and/or nip at kitty. But if you have an older cat that isn't used to dogs, it would be stressful for kitty to put up with a pup who has the urge to chase it, even though pup has no intention of hurting it.
A six month old dog, is still a puppy. Dogs do not really begin to mature until they are a year old. Most puppies can be taught to accept cats, but some never learn to like them. Our foster dog Daisy, got along fine with my cat when she was here, but at her new home, she is chasing their cats. So they are working on that. You may want to try a rescue. Our Bulldog rescue gives you a month trial that if it doesnt work out, you can get a refund, or another dog. That gives you plenty of time to see if the dog is going to work out with the cats. Good luck.
"No Matter how little money and how few possessions, you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin
Those of you that gave me advice about the shelter thing, I got my cat from one of the LA County Shelters. There are 6 county shelters and too many city shelters (too many to count). Of course being LA is a huge place. That's where I was planning on getting the dog too. But I'll tell ya, you'd think people that spend a lot of times with dogs would know everything about them... WRONG! Usually when you go there the people at the front counters never really affiliate with the animals at all. They're basically receptionists. If you ask the people that maintain the cages, they usually tell you "I don't know" or "Ask the people in the front (the reception area)". The most they know if the dog gets along with cats is if the owner let the shelter know about that when he/she dropped it off. But most of the dogs are strays. I think my best bet is adopting between 6months-1 year old and hopefully it will just accept the cat.
You can try a rescue group that has a foster-home system in place instead of a central shelter to house the animals. Animals in a foster situation, they would be able to tell you more about the dog's individual personality and quirks, as well as if it gets along well with other dogs, cats, or children.
That's an idea I thought about actually, but I'm a member of a service for people with fatal illnesses (they supply the funds for food, health care, etc) and they won't allow that foster program. I actually have to "adopt" the dog.
I was meaning adopting a dog that has been fostered by a rescue, not you personally fostering a dog... I'm confused as well I got Dora from a Corgi rescue group, they rescue from shelters and owner surrenders, and instead of keeping the dogs in a centralized shelter/kennel, the dogs are fostered in the homes with the families of the members of the rescue group. So when I showed an interest in Dora, I was able to talk with the woman who had fostered her in her home for 4 months, and she was able to tell me how Dora did with her other dog, her cat, her small child, about her food-guarding tendencies, how far along she was with obedience training, what her favorite toys were, what her daily schedule was like, and if I had any questions or concerns later, like when Dora developed a bad habit of whining in her crate from 3am on, I was able to call and talk to her to see if she had similar problems before and what worked then... actually it was a great resource. Unlike when you adopt from a shelter, where no one really spends a lot of one-on-one time with the dog. I don't see why you wouldn't be able to adopt from such a group, surely there is one in your area...
ya the pets are sorta like therapy I guess. I take so much medicine everyday my body can't handle any more to do things like relieve stress, blood pressure, and things like that. I wanted to get a dog originally but I thought the dog would get lonely while I'm in class in the afternoons so that's why I got a cat. It just happened that it worked out that I got the cat first instead of the dog first. So now I'm looking for a dog that loves to play with cats because I don't have time to play with it all day long. That was the reason I started this post. I feel much better adopting a pet from the LA county shelter being I was disgusted with the treatment of animals there and my large apartment is a hotel compared to that awful place.